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house for the next four years. president obama and governor romney neck and neck after waging the most expensive political campaign in u.s. history. will it be a long night that stretches into the morning? it's up to the voters today, tuesday, november 6th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," election day 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >>> and welcome to "today," and democracy plaza on this tuesday morning, election day 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, and it seems like we've been talking about this day for the better part of two years because we have been talking about this day for the better part of two years. it's already here. seeing a lot of traffic at polling sites all across the country and especially in the swing states n.virginia, for example, people actually camped out overnight to be among the first in line. >> president obama is spending his day in chicago where he voted early two weeks ago. he's planning to do some satellite interviews to reach voters in the battlegr
. >> eric holder may not return to the job during president obama's second term. the first people to hear that, law students. it happened this afternoon at the school of law. when asked about his future plans, he indicated he will have to discuss it with the president and his family before making a decision. he also indicated he did not know how long he would serve and said he had to ask himself, do i have enough gas in the tank? >> after losing the election, the republican party is involved in some soul-searching. >> now some republican strategists are saying the party needs to reach beyond its base and appeared to a broader swath of the electriorate. sally kidd has the story. >> republican pollsters say changing demographics have finally caught up with the gop. >> paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to the campaign. >> it was not enough for republicans to capture the white house. president obama won big among latinos, women, and younger voters. >> that reflects his record and also the approach of the republican party, to paint itself out of the mainstream
>>> good morning. thanking the team. president obama gets tearful in a speech to young campaign staffers. with the campaign behind the president now he gets set to deliver his first post electn remarks to the nation today. face to face, gabby giffords and her husband confront the man who nearly killed her just before he is sentenced to life in prison. this morning mark kelly tells us what it was like inside that courtroom in an exclusive live interview. >>> and train wreck. a brand new train being unloaded comes crashing to earth when a cable snaps. it's going to be a while before it's back ontrack today. friday, november 9th, 2012. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm willie geist in this morning for matt. the president known for his cool, some say aloof demeanor, but we've seen tears twice in the span of a week. >> i think a reflection of the fact this campaign was draining on both candidates but the really hard work begins now. president obama set to speak from the white house this afternoon about the economy and what it wi
resignation. mr. obama said he wanted to think about it for 24 hours. friday afternoon he accepted petraeus's resignation. now it is up to petraeus's deputy michael morel to lead the agency and force tough questions on the benghazi attack when he testified on the hill in place of petraeus next week. morel started as an economic analyst with the cia more than 30 years ago. officials say president obama has the utmost confidence in morel. he was one of the key people briefing the president during the planning process of the osama bin laden operation. >> kristen, thanks. >>> we are four days past the presidential election. tonight the counting is finally over in the state of florida. barack obama has claimed the state's 29 electoral votes, beating mitt romney by about 74,000 votes. giving the president a 332-206 final margin in the electoral college. thankfully, this time the presidency wasn't left hanging in the balance, but a dozen years after bush versus gore, a lot of folks are wondering why florida can't get its act together. nbc's kerry sanders has our report from miami. >> reporter: as
the president and first lady, michelle obama, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. before it began the president hosted a white house breakfast for vet advance. afterwards he and mrs. obama visited arlington section 60, dedicated to servicemen who died in iraq and afghanistan. they also shared private words with families of deceased servicemembers. the president noted to applause that this was the first veterans day since forces left iraq. an oversized american flag flying over domino's sugar refinery to commemorate veterans day. the pole had to be repaired after a storm knocked it down 25 years ago. >> today we're restoring that on veterans day, a 10 foot by 12-foot flag, which will rise up over the refinery and next to that iconic sign we'll have a flag over the harbor forever. >> the raising of the new flag is just one of the many ways the company is celebrating their 90th anniversary. the baltimore ravens along with the maryland food bank gathers food and funds for the hungry. hoping to exceed last year's total of $26,000, and more than 11,000 pounds o
, the count of provisional absentee ballots continues there. president obama maintains a slight lead, but if it is much closer there could be a re-count. >>> meanwhile, a cliff hanger between republicans and democrats in d.c., one that involves automatic tax increases and spending cuts. the congressional budget office says it could go up to 9.1%. it is what they call for good reason, this fiscal cliff. andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: the campaign was tough. victory is sweet. now comes the hard part. >> on january one, 2013, there will be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: the economy could go off that cliff. so what exactly is the fiscal cliff? it is a nightmare combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that congress and the president agreed to. to force themselves into a compromise. but so far, they have not agreed on anything. so barring a last-minute fix at the stroke of midnight on new year's eve, the bush tax cuts expire. the alternative minimum tax kicks in. more than half of all married couples with two children would owe an a
after touring the worst of the damage. president obama says he is proud of the way new yorkers have responded. he said "you guys are tough, you bounce back." for damage includes just about all of the miles of the jersey shore, and areas including orthey beach, not far from the place where life will never be the same. our report tonight from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: two and a half weeks, and nobody in this line has been back home to ortley beach until today. what do you expect to see today? >> disaster. >> reporter: dread mixes with frustration, but the police officers still smile. >> good luck, folks, you have to wear this when you're on the island. >> reporter: 16 school buses pick up and drop off. nobody is allowed to drive. two people per household, carrying one empty bag each. captain bruce bergess says this system is the only safe way to let residents back. >> we're here to help, we're here for security. >> reporter: homeowners have only a few hours to collect valuables. they will not be back here for weeks. >> i still didn't believe it until i walked around the side, seein
. some say they, or at least president obama should have been told about the investigation while it was going on. >> once the fbi realized they were investigating the ciaing director, or they came within the scope, i believe at that time they had the absolute right to tell the president. >> reporter: but the justice department official says the fbi never tells other agencies when they're in the middle of a criminal investigation. they note that federal law says that congressional intelligence committees must be notified of all intelligence activities, and the affair didn't meet that test. and they say the fbi is sensitive to its past when former doctor hoover gave details to get what it wanted. >> the only time would be if the fbi was found to have leaked classified information. and that was not the case, the fbi followed the right protocols and did the right thing in this case. >> reporter: officials here say that general clapper, the director of intelligence, was told about all of this with no recommendations made last week as a personnel matter, not as an intelligence matter.
todd in the white house, thank you. >>> there is a video of president obama getting wide circulation. it shows him tearfully addressing campaign staff at headquarters in chicago, at the end of a long and grueling campaign. he tells the young staffers they are better than he was at their age. he tells them their experience will send them on their way for life. >> what you guys have done, the work that i'm doing, i am really proud of that. i am really proud of all of you. and -- and what you have just done? well, not allowing much time for sentiment or reflection, the president woke up to this, this morning. the bloomberg business seat, the reminder that the job he just got often ages people early. later today, supreme court saying it will plunge into a racially charged issue, whether to scale back the voting act, one of the most successful civil rights acts passed. our justice department correspondent, pete williams has more. >> reporter: this is already looking at affirmative action, now it is considering whether or not to gut the voting rights law. here is the question, simply state
have been yearning for years for obama to give his inner shephe shepherd, he did that yesterday. >> if senator mccain and others want to go after someone, they should go after me. >> our friends at pbs said they sent the first episode on dvd, because like most fans, she can't wait. the difference is if you don't live at the white house or don't get invited over to watch, you'll just have to. 70% of venice flooded this week, and about 1% of the people there thought that a lifetime of eye infections would be a good idea. we've had way too much water out east the past few weeks or so, and amazing stories are still suffering. like this jacket found busted up in highland' new jersey. west pointers will recognize it as a cadet jacket, this one from the class of 1933. it traveled several miles inland and on up into the bay. it was traced back to chester dagav, chief of staff of the army invasion of southern france, 1944 and a silver star recipient. what's even more amazing is we thought at first it was john stewart. chester's 98-year-old widow said she'll be happy to be reunited with h
. president obama is starting off the so-called lame duck session with a renewed push to lawmakers and labor officials today to avoid the looming fiscal cliff set to hit at the end of the year if bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts kick in. >>> anti-virus software developer john mcafee is wanted by police officials for questioning in the murder of his neighbor. american gregory fall was found dead of a gunshot wound on saturday night, just days after he'd filed a formal complaint against mcafee for, quote, roguish behavior. according to the associated press, other neighbors have been questioned, but mcafee has not been available at his home. >>> intelligence rising in the middle east as israel's army claims it has made direct hits on syrian military vehicles. the move comes in retaliation for a syrian mortar shell landing in the israel-controlled golan heights. this as cross-border bombings between turkey and syria threaten to draw the region into the ongoing syrian crisis. meantime this morning, israeli air strikes struck the gaza strip as retaliation for rocket attacks fro
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